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Private Frank Galley’s WWI service honoured

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Galley Street
Galley Street in Kepnock was named for World War I soldier Private Frank Galley.

Bundaberg-born Frank Galley’s World War I service has been honoured through Bundaberg Regional Council's Streets of Remembrance program.

The program sees the badge under which local veterans served added to the signs of Bundaberg Region streets named their honour.

Galley Street in Kepnock was named after Private Galley in July 1951 in recognition of his service in the Australian Imperial Force from 1915 to 1918.

Frank Edward Galley was born in Bundaberg in 1896, the only son of Etienne and Annie Galley (later Annie Lancaster) who lived on Branyan Road.

Young Frank attended Branyan Road State School, and as a teenager did three years of cadets, later working as a farm labourer before he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 4 October 1915.

After time spent camped in Brisbane, Private Galley left Sydney for England in June 1916 onboard HMAT Borda, and then on to France in September 1916 as part of the 52nd Battalion.

Private Frank Galley
Private Frank Galley was born and raised in Bundaberg. Photo: State Library of Queensland.

In December 1916, Private Galley suffered from trench feet, a condition caused by standing in a cold, wet environment for extended periods of time, and he was transferred to the 3rd General Hospital in London for treatment.

While in England, he was temporarily detached from the 52nd Battalion for duty with No. 4 Command Depot Wareham and No. 3 Command Depot Hurdcott, from February to July 1917.

He returned to fighting on the Western Front in August 1917 and was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the hand in October, later rejoining his unit in the field in November.

Private Galley was again wounded in action on 24 April 1918 during the famed battle for Villers-Bretonneux, France, and he died from his wounds on the morning of 27 April 1918 in Rouen, France.

Aged just 21 years and 7 months, he was buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, where his grave has a personal inscription from his mother reading “In memory of the only dearly loved son of Mrs. A. Lancaster”.

Private Frank Galley was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, and as next-of-kin his mother Annie received a Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll from the military.

He appears on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour and the Bundaberg War Memorial on Bourbong Street.

Council’s Streets of Remembrance program further honours those who served with a poignant reminder of their contributions to Australia’s wartime efforts.

Information on Private Galley’s life and service is from the National Archives of Australia, Australian War Memorial, State Library of Queensland and Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Service number: 789

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